I am Julie Bredy and I write Bergamot Orange from my home in Tunis, Tunisia. This is the 12th year for our family of overseas living. We began in Singapore when our sons, Anton and Gabel, were just 9 and 11. When they started high school, we moved to Kathmamdu, Nepal and when they left for college, my husband Allan and I moved to Tunisia, but the boys are with us here at every opportunity.
Allan and I work at an American international school where he is the school director and I teach 7th grade humanities. Our work is consuming, but we are daily blessed by the beauty and simplicity of North African living. It’s not all easy, but when we pause, look up, and notice, there is always something interesting going on.
I mostly write about food because that is the primary way I interact with life, but we take lots of outings within the city and into the Tunisian countryside where we learn more about the natural, cultural, and historical intricacies of Tunisia. Also, being perched on the Mediterranean rim, we have great opportunities to take regional side trips, which you will read about.
Finally, we have a home on Lummi Island, part of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. When we are home, we live to the fullest, cooking with local foods, eating at favorite restaurants, and hosting many, many dinner parties. Please join us.